GNU/Linux – dispersed development yields a complex functional aggregate

Pedro Côrte-Real analyzed the makeup of the source tree for the latest Ubuntu distribution, 11.04 ‘Natty Narwhal’:

Total LOC split by project in Ubuntu natty's main repository

From his analysis:

t seems that when it comes to modern Linux-based distributions the tendency has been for the distribution to be the organization point of a highly dispersed set of software sources. No single project accounts for more than 10% of the total and a complete modern system is only formed by this aggregation.

It’s at least very cool, if not amazing, how the dispersed efforts of many developers have led to this aggregate system. A modern technological marvel.